Nicknamed “La Perla del Sur” (the Pearl of the South), Cienfuegos is a charming community ideally situated along the southern coast of Cuba. Over the years, this picturesque city grew to become one of Cuba’s chief seaports with exports that include local sugar, tobacco, and coffee. Popular destinations are the Castillo de Jaqua, a solid limestone fortress built by King Philip V of Spain to protect the area from Caribbean pirates in 1742, and Jardín Botánico de Cienfuegos (Cienfuegos Botanical Garden), which is home to an extensive collection of tropical plants and exotic garden botanicals.

Things To Do

Botanical Garden and Museum of Cienfuegos

Visit the famous Botanical Garden of Cienfuegos for a glimpse into some of the rarest floral species on the island. This tropical garden is a treasure that few have had the chance to see. Local botanists will guide you through the garden and explain the importance of working the land to Cuban culture. In the afternoon, tour the city of Cienfuegos with a stop at the Cienfuegos Museum and the Tomas Terry Theater, a national monument built in 1863 with an ornate Italian style. Explore Boulevard Santa Isabel a historic street filled with artisan stands, antiques vendors, and boutique restaurants.

This activity is available on the following cruises: